August 16, 2022

Researchers have found a way to maintain a population of  Soan’s  Seahorse (Soan Seahorse), an endangered species discovered in 2012 on Soando Island in Wando County, Jeollanam-do.

Since the discovery of the small species, scientists have been conducting research on the characteristics, ecology and behavior of the hippocampus. So’an’s  hippocampus is classified as a vulnerable red-listed species by the United Nations for the Protection of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Therefore, the National Park Service (KNPS) is trying to preserve the species by artificially breeding mini animals.

Finally, KNPS was able to announce on October 29, that it has artificially succeeded in breeding endangered species,   raising the offspring collected from adult hippocampus in Soan, hippocampus.

The experiment was conducted in two pairs of male and female   hippocampus of the bovine. Researchers were able to collect 25 to 50 offspring from one hippocampus per month. The survival rate of the baby hippocampus was 68%.

CEO Lee Gyu-seong said, “We hope to restore the health of the marine ecosystem by returning the artificial breeding seahorse to its natural habitat.” Dadohaehaesang National Park.